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Ahead of the game: Previewing our meeting with the Millers

23 February 2016

A look ahead to this evening's Rotherham clash

Reading vs Rotherham United
Sky Bet Championship
Madejski Stadium
Tuesday 23rd February, 8pm

It’s TFI Tuesday!  Which means we’re expecting a good midweek crowd at Madejski Stadium, and hopefully a terrific result to match.

Meetings with the Millers have never been a particularly regular fixture on the calendar – our midweek win against the South Yorkshire side last season was the first time we had hosted in over a decade, and Jamie Mackie’s opener and a Simon Cox double fired us to a 3-0 win.

Berkshire hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Millers – on five visits to Madejski Stadium, Rotherham have failed to score a single goal… their only point came courtesy of a 0-0 draw in 2003, when Marcus Hahnemann and Mike Pollitt were both unbeaten.

And hopefully we can repeat the feat of the other four occasions by taking a win against a Rotherham side that are battling against the drop.

All Stands
All Concessions (24 & Under, 65 & Over)

Adults £10, Concessions £5… make sure you come at these great rates!  If you don’t have a ticket already, pick one up at the Ticket Office on the night for the same price – but arrive early to avoid queues!

For more information about our TFI Tuesday deals and how to buy, click here.  Please note that all the relevant special offers for free tickets close at 5pm.

If you are travelling via Basingstoke Road, Whitley Wood Lane, Imperial Way Roundabout (near Lidl Supermarket), there is a warning of road works for the next 2 weeks with 4-way traffic lights which will cause delays in the area, and so supporters should allow extra time if parking in the Imperial Way (Worton Grange) car park area.

The Worton Grange parking facility remains available for this fixture, but will not be available for our future matches from March onwards.  Click here for more information.

If you’re coming on public transport, make sure you follow @reading_buses on Twitter or visit to get more information about your route and football buses.

READ | Stephen Quinn discusses our FA Cup win and previews our Rotherham meeting:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 22, 2016

Kevin Johnson is the arbiter for our meeting with the Millers – it is the first time he has refereed a Reading match (or Rotherham, for that matter), and just his fifth time in charge of a Championship outing. 

Guy Stretton and Andrew Laver are the assistants and fourth official for the evening is Gavin Ward.

The Royals are odds-on home favourites at 8/11 for a win with Football League title partners Sky Bet, while the Millers are 4/1 outsiders and a draw is priced 13/5.

Yann Kermorgant is 7/4 to net his first Reading goal at any time during the evening, while Deniss Rakels is 3/1 to score as part of a Royals win.

Don't forget that you we're offering 25% off replica kit all day today! Details:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 23, 2016
Don't forget - it's your last chance to take advantage of 25% off home, away and goalkeeper kits at the Madejski Stadium Megastore!  Click here for more information.

Thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the ‘Royals Rendezvous’ before the game.  Located outside the East Stand the new area is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off!

And the first 500 pints bought at Royals Rendezvous will be half-price - make sure you don't miss out!

Unfortunately the Royals Fun Zone will not be in operation at this fixture.

Don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time.  Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1.  There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team!  All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust.

We will also be welcoming some musical performers to the match - a Samba Band will be outside the Megastore from 6pm, while a Steel Band will be at the Fan Zone from 6pm.

Download our Guide to the Game by clicking here.

Head in early and you can relive some of our former glories on our recently-installed big screen…
• 7.19pm – Reading 2-1 Preston North End, Saturday 25th February 2006
• 7.27pm – Rotherham United 1-1 Reading, Tuesday 20th October 2015
• 7.34pm – Reading 3-0 Rotherham United, Tuesday 4th November 2014
• 7.44pm – Reading 3-1 West Bromwich Albion, Saturday 20th February 2016

The best way to follow the game live is at Madejski Stadium in person, by getting behind the team!

But if you can’t make it to the match, you can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live audio commentary on Reading FC PlayerHD for as little as £4.49 per month.  Not only that, but our online subscription also allows you access to extended match highlights and exclusive interviews which you won’t see anywhere else.

As ever, we’ll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Head to Snapchat and find 'OfficialRFC' to follow our matchday story as it unfolds!

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